Nikon S6200

 
Nikon Coolpix S6200 front
 
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.2-5.6) lens
  • 160g - 93 x 58 x 26mm
  • Introduced August 2011
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
94
Imaging
40
Features
37
Overall
38

Nikon S6200 summary

Nikon S6200 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally announced on August of 2011. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The S6200 ranks at #64 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #796 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check our Advanced camera finder to see camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Nikon S6200 history

The Nikon S6200 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can look at all older and the latest models as well as important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-S9900 front thumbnailNikon S9900
S6200 vs S9900
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Nikon-Coolpix-S810c front thumbnailNikon S810c
S6200 vs S810c
25-300mm
F3.3-6.3
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Nikon-Coolpix-S9700 front thumbnailNikon S9700
S6200 vs S9700
25-750mm
F3.7-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S5300 front thumbnailNikon S5300
S6200 vs S5300
26-208mm
F3.7-6.6
16MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3600 front thumbnailNikon S3600
S6200 vs S3600
25-200mm
F3.7-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2014
Nikon-Coolpix-S3500 front thumbnailNikon S3500
S6200 vs S3500
26-182mm
F3.4-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2013
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Nikon-Coolpix-S800c front thumbnailNikon S800c
S6200 vs S800c
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9500 front thumbnailNikon S9500
S6200 vs S9500
25-550mm
F
18MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S5200 front thumbnailNikon S5200
S6200 vs S5200
26-156mm
F
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S6500 front thumbnailNikon S6500
S6200 vs S6500
25-300mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Nikon-Coolpix-S9300 front thumbnailNikon S9300
S6200 vs S9300
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
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Nikon-Coolpix-S3300 front thumbnailNikon S3300
S6200 vs S3300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S4300 front thumbnailNikon S4300
S6200 vs S4300
26-156mm
F3.5-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S6300 front thumbnailNikon S6300
S6200 vs S6300
25-250mm
F3.2-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Nikon-Coolpix-S8200 front thumbnailNikon S8200
S6200 vs S8200
25-350mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6200 front thumbnailNikon S620025-250mm
F3.2-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S100 front thumbnailNikon S100
S6200 vs S100
28-140mm
F3.9-4.8
16MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S9100 front thumbnailNikon S9100
S6200 vs S9100
25-450mm
F3.5-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Nikon-Coolpix-S6100 front thumbnailNikon S6100
S6200 vs S6100
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
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Nikon-Coolpix-S8100 front thumbnailNikon S8100
S6200 vs S8100
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S5100 front thumbnailNikon S5100
S6200 vs S5100
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S8000 front thumbnailNikon S8000
S6200 vs S8000
30-300mm
F3.5-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S6000 front thumbnailNikon S6000
S6200 vs S6000
28-196mm
F3.7-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2010
Nikon-Coolpix-S640 front thumbnailNikon S640
S6200 vs S640
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S570 front thumbnailNikon S570
S6200 vs S570
28-140mm
F2.7-6.6
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S1000pj front thumbnailNikon S1000pj
S6200 vs S1000pj
28-140mm
F3.9-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S630 front thumbnailNikon S630
S6200 vs S630
37-260mm
F3.5-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Nikon-Coolpix-S620 front thumbnailNikon S620
S6200 vs S620
28-112mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009

Nikon S6200 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon S6200 based on criterias that are usually regarded as important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in zoom lens (25-250mm 10.0 x zoom)
comes with face detection focus
comes with HDMI port
comes with tracking autofocus
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
pretty wide (25mm)
supports focus by touch
very good minimum ISO (80)
very long reach (250mm)
can't use external flash
does not have selfie friendly screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
no external microphone port
no headphone port
no manual exposure
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW format
no shutter priority
no Timelapse function
screen does not articulate
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
sluggish at long end (f5.6)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
small sensor size (1/2.3")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Nikon S6200 Sensor specs

The Nikon S6200 houses the Expeed C2 processor. The spec of the sensor in the Nikon S6200 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 3200. Sadly, RAW photos are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below shows the S6200's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The S6200 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon S6200 dimensions

Nikon S6200 weighs 0.35 pounds (160 grams / 5.64 ounces) and the physical size of the camera is 93mm x 58mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Nikon S6200 is similar in comparison with various rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Nikon S6200 besides a soft drink so you can have a sense of its size.

Nikon Coolpix S6200 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the S6200.

Nikon Coolpix S6200 topview buttons dials

Nikon S6200 Lens details

The S6200 includes a built-in lens having a focal range of 25-250mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which isn't really outstanding but it may be handy in certain circumstances.

At it's widest 25mm, the lens offers an aperture of f3.2 making it pretty sluggish and not good in low light situations and you may find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to raise your ISO leading to noisy photos. At the long end, 250mm is phenomenal zoom and comes with f5.6 which is really slow and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Nikon S6200 Connectivity

The S6200 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy images and oftentimes change settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also give a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external monitor. Many cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Nikon S6200 Video details

The highest possible video resolution in the Nikon S6200 is 1280 x 720 and it can record in MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You really should aim for a minimum FUll HD resolution for video. The body does not offer a mic or headphone jack so you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at an alternative camera if you need decent sound in your videos.

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Nikon S6200 Weather Sealing

Nikon S6200 does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions may damage the camera.

Nikon S6200 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon S6200 features a 2.7 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

Nikon Coolpix S6200 screen and viewfinder 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

The View Finder specs regarding Nikon S6200 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.

Nikon S6200 Shutter details

Nikon S6200 is able to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Nikon S6200 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon S6200 includes just built in flash with no external flash support.

Nikon S6200 Autofocusing details

Nikon S6200 includes only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & exact as compared with Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection making it valuable for portrait photography.

Nikon S6200 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to change where you focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Nikon S6200 has the ability to use manual focusing if needed for low light situations or you require more exact control on focusing.

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Nikon S6200 Battery life

The battery life (EN-EL12) for the Nikon S6200 is built to last for 250 clicks with respect to the CIPA measurements making it about the same as its competition. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the best (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the highest battery life:

Nikon S6200 for various kinds of photography

The following chart shows a rundown of the Nikon S6200 for various kinds of photography. To view more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Nikon S6200 as a Portrait photography camera

The Nikon S6200 has a rating of 41 which is low, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW photos together with the ability to work with off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
features face detect focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Nikon S6200 as a Street photography camera

Having a very good points total of 63, the Nikon S6200 is a good choice for street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus by touch
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Nikon S6200 Sports photography highlights

A low sports photography score of 41 means the Nikon S6200 is not really acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
provides tracking focus
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Nikon S6200 Travel photography information

Size is very crucial when picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon S6200 gets a above average 70 as a travelling camera which is a good fit to buy for your vacations.

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comes with touch to focus
MP count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long reach (250mm)
no Timelapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)

Nikon S6200 Landscape photography factors

When you are planning to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon S6200 and it's low rating of 43 for a landscape camera is not really acceptable amongst its competitors.

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you can focus manually
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Nikon S6200

A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Nikon S6200 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it gets a low rating of 31.

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pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic socket

Nikon S6200 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the S6200, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram down below gives you a summary of the S6200 versus it's top scored rivals suggested above.

These are some more cameras you may see as alternate options. To review a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Model type
Nikon Coolpix S6200
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2011-08-24
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Chip
Expeed C2
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW data
Max native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
25-250mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture
f/3.2-5.6
Macro focusing distance
10cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7"
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech
TFT LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
160 gr (0.35 lbs)
Dimensions
93 x 58 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.0")
Other
Battery life
250 pictures
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
EN-EL12
Self timer
Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots
One
Price at release
$229